If timing beats speed then there were two occasions when Andy Robertson must have felt conflicted when that phrase was applied to his career. The first, during his final season at Queen’s Park in Scotland’s fourth tier, was working in the kit room with Charley King, now an under-18 coach at the club but who worked with him as part of the casual contract workers employed to clean and maintain the kit of the various national teams.

Scotland’s A side were training on the pitch the day before the game, as was customary under then-manager Gordon Strachan. He wanted to work on shape and so needed a team to act as the shadow opposition. Queen’s Park were asked to supply the players and Robertson, nerves coursing through his body, got changed, took a break from work to be part of the exercise.



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